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Ex-Leeds defender Paul Huntington admits he's looking forward to making Elland Road return

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Preston defender Paul Huntington returns to face Leeds this weekend.

Preston North End defender Paul Huntington has told the Lancashire Evening Post that he is looking forward to facing former club Leeds United this weekend.

Huntington, 28, was a bit-part player at Preston during the early stages of last season, but cemented himself as one of Simon Grayson's key players at Deepdale, even scoring the second goal in their play-off final victory over Swindon Town at Wembley back in May.

Now in the Championship, the giant centre back has been featuring on a regular basis for North End, playing a big part in one of the meanest defences in the Football League.

On Sunday, Huntington travels to Elland Road to take on Leeds United, a club he spent two-and-a-half years with, but made just 32 appearances for the club before leaving for Stockport County in 2010.

Huntington isn't the only Preston man returning to Leeds, with manager Grayson, assistant Glynn Snodin, coach Steve Thompson, midfielder Neil Kilkenny and striker Jermaine Beckford all having been at Elland Road previously, giving all of them an emotional return to the club.

Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post ahead of his Elland Road return, Huntington has admitted that he's looking forward to going back, and whilst he thinks Leeds are a 'big football club with a lot of history and great supporters', he wants to make sure Preston leave with all three points on Sunday afternoon.

"I’m looking forward to going back, as are quite a few people at the club," said Huntington. "Neil Kilkenny and Jermaine Beckford played there and obviously some of the coaching staff were previously at Leeds. It has been a while since I played for Leeds, it was much earlier in my career when I was there."

"Dennis Wise was the manager who signed me, he had Gus Poyet as his assistant. Then Gary McAllister came in before our gaffer, Simon Grayson, took over.  It is a big football club with a lot of history and great supporters. My focus is on playing for Preston and we will be trying to get ourselves three points," he added.

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